Reached - Ally Condie

This review is also on my blog Living for the Books


Oh this book. This took way too long to read. Want to know why? I was bored throughout most of it. Yes in the synopsis above it calls this emotionally gripping but I have failed to see what is so gripping about this book.

I think that you should know that when I read Matched about a year ago I actually enjoyed it and I don't even remember why. Then I read Crossed and I swear that book was one of the most boring books I've ever read. I don't even remember liking anything about that book except for the character who died. It seems like the interesting characters in not so good series always die or leave.

I think I'll stop there because this is a review of Reached not the entire series. This book was actually a little better than Crossed but not by much because it was still pretty boring. I actually liked one of the main characters. If Xander hadn't been there I don't know what I would have done. His story was so much more interesting than Cassia's and Ky's. I'm just done with Cassia and Ky. Completely done with them and their relationship. It seemed like every single time it was Ky's POV he was like I'm only doing this for Cassia, I don't think Cassia would like this if I do this, or I need to see Cassia. His obsession with Cassia was just plain annoying.

Then there's Cassia. I was always two steps ahead of her for everything. It was quite frustrating. It was also painfully obvious who Cassia would end up with. I figured it out in Matched.When Cassia and Ky meet up in the book it is like there's nothing between them! It was like I'm glad your ok and stuff like that. It was like they were friends.

The part about the Plague wasn't that bad until it mutated and all of the characters couldn't seem to understand that the cure had caused it. It made me want to shake them. There are also some unanswered questions that I want answers to. Who is the Enemy? Is it another country? I still don't know. At first I thought it was the Rising but it isn't. What are the Otherlands? Just somewhere else? Why is Cassia special? Seriously. Is it because she never took the green tablet? WHAT IS IT?

Also how in the world did Oker (that's his name right?) know that the cure wouldn't work and that the flower was actually the cure?

Is it bad that I'm actually happy about what happened to Indie? I thought she was just plain weird and well I can't think of the words to describe how I feel about her. I mean did anyone else find it really strange when Xander sees her and she tells him that he doesn't know her. That's a little weird and Ky and Cassia are always making excuses for her. She does something and they just say that's just Indie.

I feel like this book didn't go anywhere. I didn't feel anything for the characters. They were all terribly boring. The concept of this series is so interesting but with all the trying to be meaningful and poetic writing it was kind of lost.

I'm actually not surprised that I didn't like this book. I didn't like the one before this but for some reason I thought that this one might be better. I think I just needed to see how it ended.